© NASA/Ricardo Nunes

Venus at perihelion

Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Inner Planets feed

Objects: Venus
Please wait
Loading 0/4
Click and drag to rotate
Mouse wheel to zoom in/out
Touch with mouse to dismiss
The sky at

Venus's 225-day orbit around the Sun will carry it to its closest point to the Sun – its perihelion – at a distance of 0.72 AU from the Sun.

In practice, however, Venus's orbit is very close to circular; its distance from the Sun varies by only about 1.5% between perihelion and aphelion. This makes Venus's orbit more perfectly circular than that of any of the Solar System's other planets. As a result, its surface receives almost exactly the same amount of energy from the Sun at perihelion (closest approach to the Sun) and aphelion (furthest recess from the Sun).

The position of Venus at the moment it passes perihelion will be:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Angular Size
Venus 12h14m10s 0°11'N Virgo 13.2"
Sun 14h21m 14°03'S Virgo 32'13"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

From Washington, Venus will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 05:06 (MDT) – 2 hours and 48 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 28° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 07:38.

Begin typing the name of a town near to you, and then select the town from the list of options which appear below.

The sky on 30 Oct 2020

The sky on 30 October 2020
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

14-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous


14 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:04 12:37 18:10
Venus 05:05 11:09 17:13
Moon 18:06 00:26 06:56
Mars 17:39 23:56 06:14
Jupiter 13:33 18:24 23:15
Saturn 13:52 18:46 23:41
All times shown in MDT.


The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE430 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.

Related news

29 Aug 2020  –  Venus at highest altitude in morning sky
29 Oct 2021  –  Venus at greatest elongation east
03 Dec 2021  –  Venus at highest altitude in evening sky
19 Feb 2022  –  Venus at highest altitude in morning sky

Image credit

© NASA/Ricardo Nunes





Color scheme